Tues 4/13: “YES” on legislation to stop police from choking Black people to death.

Action #1: Representatives – “YES” on “H.R.1347Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Act and H.R. 1336 – National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act

Fellow police officers and medical experts were appalled by Derek Chauvin’s brutality in the murder of George Floyd. But if a bystander hadn’t recorded those horrific ±9 minutes, there probably wouldn’t have been a courtroom trial, so let’s not waste this “opportunity” that Floyd and others paid for with their lives.

Minimal script for Representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R.1347 – the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Act and H.R.1336– the National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act. I’m following the Chauvin trial and I’m both outraged and heartsick. Please ask Rep. [___] to do whatever [he/she] can to make sure that Mr. Floyd is the last American to suffer this way.

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Fri 8/7: Part 1 – The UN and Amnesty International are calling out the U.S. for violations of BLM protesters’ human rights. Call your legislators.

Action:  – Call your representatives!  “YES” on HR 7315! ” Protect our Protestors Act of 2020″

This is humiliating. Under Trump, “the shining city on the hill,” now merits 14 pages in the World Report on Human Rights Violations. (pages 602 to 616).

Amnesty International urges Congress to pass HR 7315 – the Protect our Protestors Act of 2020 and for all law enforcement agencies to revise their policies and practices for the policing of protests, and  comply with international human rights standards, including the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, the guiding principles underpinning all operations before, during and after demonstrations. Continue reading “Fri 8/7: Part 1 – The UN and Amnesty International are calling out the U.S. for violations of BLM protesters’ human rights. Call your legislators.”

Mon. 7/20: In honor of John Lewis. “Wake up, America, wake up! For we cannot stop, and we will not be patient.”

We are one people; we are only family. And when we finally accept these truths, then we will be able to fulfill Dr. King’s dream to build a beloved community, a nation, and a world at peace with itself.” – John Lewis. Great photo essay her)

Action #1: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis.

Sign this petition to Governor Kay Ivey. Almost half a million have signed on by this morning.

It’s far past time to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon that nearly gave his life on that bridge,” said Michael Starr Hopkins. “Edmund Pettus was a bitter racist, (Confederate general and leader in the Alabama Ku Klux Klan), undeserving of the honor bestowed upon him. As we wipe away this country’s long stain of bigotry, we must also wipe away the names of men like Edmund Pettus.”

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, now a National Historic Landmark, was the site of the brutal Bloody Sunday beatings of civil rights marchers during the first march for voting rights. The televised attacks were seen all over the nation, prompting public support for the civil rights activists in Selma and for the voting rights campaign. After Bloody Sunday, protestors were granted the right to continue marching, and two more marches for voting rights followed.”

Action #2: Senate – Pass  H.R.4 – Voting Rights Advancement Act and rename it as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act!

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“Wake up, America!” #BLM protests & other antiracist, anti-fascist & pro-democratic things to do…

May 12 – We have so much work to do & nobody’s slowing down…

Say what you will, Senator Scott, but America’s racism is public policy set in wood and concrete, built into our homes, our streets and our neighborhoods. If the short video below inspires you to look further, there are lectures with Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law” here (with EPI) and here (with Ta-Nehisi Coates).

New video with some truth in jest. Another good video here with Joy Reid, 1619 Project creator Nikola Hannah Jones and trans activist Charollot Clymer.

Click here for latest actions and events listings below!

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Fri. 5/8: Update – Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Keep calling – this isn’t finished.

Quote from #irunwithmaud

Update 5/8/2020 – The Third Man: Thanks to the huge public reaction to the cellphone video of a young black man being murdered-while-jogging, the two men involved have finally been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.  We are waiting on whether the man who filmed the incident, William Bryan, will be charged, as well.

We also now know that the former attorney for the Gregory and Travis McMichaels, Alan David Tucker, was the one who released the video on Tuesday.

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Wed. 5/6: Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Two actions.

Quote from S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Arbery family.

This post has been updated. Please go here for latest information and actions. 

Update 5/8: Thanks to the huge public reaction to the cellphone video of a young black man being murdered-while-jogging, the two men involved have finally been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.  We are waiting on whether William Bryan, the third man who followed Arbery, filmed the incident, will be charged, as well.

We also now know that the former attorney for the Gregory and Travis McMichaels, Alan David Tucker, was the one who released the video on Tuesday.

For all of you who took the time to sign the petition below and make calls and emails to protest this injustice, thank you. We shouldn’t have to ring phones off the desks, but we will.

Action – Sign the petition.

73 days ago, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year-old black man, left his mom’s home for his daily jog. He was chased down and killed by well-armed two white men, a retired police office and his son. Because of the lockdown constraints on local protests, Ahmaud’s family and friends worried that his brutal murder would go unnoticed and that no one would be held to account. But we have phones and computers and we, along with many others, have noticed. (Warning – the video below shows an innocent person being murdered. Skip over and go straight to the actions as necessary.)

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